South Bay and East Bay travelers have easy new connection to Hawaii –with no red eye involved
The flag airline of the 49th state has started flying another route to the 50th. Alaska Airlines inaugurated its first-ever nonstops between both San Jose (March 27) and Oakland (March 28), and Kauai this week. The three-times-a week service using Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport is more convenient for Silicon Valley/South Bay-based travelers than San Francisco International (SFO) . San Jose to Lihue flights operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, departing at 7:50 a.m. and arriving at Kauai’s Lihue Airport at 10:29 a.m. The return departs Lihue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:20 p.m. and arrives in San Jose at 10:40 p.m.
Similary, East Bay-based travekers can now use Oakland International Airport instead of SFO. Flights from Oakland depart on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:50 a.m. and arrive at Lihue at 10:29 a.m., with return service on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday, and Sundays at 2:20 p.m., arriving in Oakland at 10:40 p.m.
Both routes use Boeing 737-800 aircraft seating 157 passengers, with 16 seats in First Class and 141 seats in Coach Class. And in addition to passengers who would rather avoid SFO, both provide alternative to the usual eastbound red eyes from Hawaii to the Mainland.